BMW has scooped top honours in the 2006 International Engine of the Year awards with its 5.0-litre V10 unit from the M5 and M6. It is the second year the powerplant has won the coveted title and the first time ever that an engine has won back-to-back honours in the international awards.
A global panel of 61 motoring experts were unanimous in their opinion of the 5.0-litre V10 engine, referring to it as “a technical tour de force” and “a masterpiece”. In addition to the overall title the 4,999cc powerplant beat competition from Ferrari and Mercedes-AMG to also be crowned Best Performance Engine. The BMW 3.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine, currently featured in the 535d Saloon and Touring, also won its class and came in the top three overall for the second year in succession.
BMW’s tally of overall awards and category wins now stands at 31 - far more than any other car manufacturer. The 3.2-litre engine from the BMW M3, and now in the BMW Z4 M Roadster, took top honours in its category for the sixth time in succession, another record for the Engine of the Year awards.
Jim O’Donnell, Managing Director of BMW (UK) Ltd, said: “To win the International Engine of the Year once is a great achievement but to do it twice in succession with the same engine is unprecedented. We are extremely proud of the accolades bestowed on BMW at these awards. It is the supreme recognition of all the work our engineers and designers have done to create award-winning engines.”Published 12 May 2006